50 awesome new tools for developers in 2019

Media tools

37. Orion Icon Library

Orion homepage, with icon examples

A beautiful set of SVG icons available in different styles

Orion Icon Library is a massive set of more than 6,000 stunning SVG icons available as line, solid, colour and flat colour style. There are two plans to choose from: Free and Pro. The Pro plan doesn’t require any attribution, gives you access to over 2,000 new icons and provides library management options. (If that's not quite what you're after, you'll find lots more free icon sets here).

38. Frappe Charts

Delve into these simple, SVG charts that have no dependencies and are inspired by GitHub. Create line graphs, bar charts, pie charts and more, with hover effects for displaying information.

39. SVGator

An online SVG animation tool with a user-friendly interface. Enables you to import SVG, view and edit the code and use animation presets to animate before exporting a single ready-to-use SVG file.

40. ApexCharts

Examples of ApexCharts charts

ApexCharts enables you to embed attractive, interactive charts and other visualisations

 Use ApexCharts to create responsive, interactive, high-performance JavaScript charts to represent your data. Features annotations and animations, all built and customised using a simple API.

41. MapKit JS

If you need to include a map on a web page, you may as well make it interactive. This JavaScript library from Apple lets you do exactly that, in addition to using annotations and overlays. The service comes with a free daily limit of 250,000 map views and 25,000 service calls.

42. Img2

A JavaScript utility that automatically pre-caches images to improve page performance. Just swap out your <img /> elements with <img-2></img-2> and the utility does the caching work for you.

43. Lozad.js

A fast, light and configurable, vanilla JavaScript lazy loader with no dependencies that uses the IntersectionObserver API, for lazy loading images, iframes, ads, videos or any other element.

Testing and data tools

44. webhint

webhint homepage

This linting tool is available as an online scanner or CLI

 A linting tool available as a CLI or, if you’re not sure what to check for, as an online scanner. When put to work, webhint scours through your code to make sure it follows best practices and also hits the right spot in terms of accessibility, speed, etc.

45. Airtap

Quickly test your JavaScript in more than 800 browsers. Airtap stands out from other cross-browser testers because you can run the different browsers without installing them locally.

46. mkcert

If you require SSL in a local development environment, this simple tool can whip up locally trusted SSL certificates using whatever names you’d like.

47. Puppeteer Recorder

A Chrome extension that records browser interactions such as clicks, typing and form interactions, before creating a script for Puppeteer (the popular headless Chrome testing API). You also have a chance to edit the generated code using the configuration options.

48. jsonstore.io

jsonstore.io homepage

Store data for small projects using this JSON-based cloud data store 

Web service that offers a free, secure and JSON-based cloud data store for small projects. Go to the site, copy the generated URL and start sending HTTP requests to communicate with your data store.

49. Initab

Not getting on with Chrome’s new tab page? Not a problem – replace it with a set of useful tools tailored to your programming needs. We’re talking GitHub/GitLab activity, Gists, Stack Overflow, a scratchpad for notes and more.

50. LambdaTest

If you’re going to test your websites and web apps, you may as well do it properly. This useful tool runs your public or locally hosted creations on over 2,000 mobile and desktop browsers that are running real operating systems. What’s more. the built-in debugging tools take care of any issues in real time. 

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Louis is an author, speaker and frontend developer who’s been involved in the web development industry since 2000. He curates the popular newsletter Web Tools Weekly and blogs about code at Impressive Webs.